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By Barrett Seaman

In Binge , Barrett Seaman unearths what each father or mother, scholar, and educator must learn about the school adventure. Seaman frolicked with scholars at twelve very hot and various faculties and universities throughout North America­. in the course of his years of study, he immersed himself within the lives of the scholars, frequently dwelling of their dorms, eating with them, conversing with them on their lonesome phrases, and hearing them convey their strategies and emotions. Portraying a campus tradition within which today’s top and brightest scholars grapple with way over educational demanding situations, Binge conveys the remarkable stresses on campus this present day. whereas sharing revealing interviews and the usually dramatic tales, Seaman explores the complexities of romantic relationships and sexual family members, alcohol and drug use, anxiousness and melancholy, type and racial limitations, and extra. regardless of the stressful tendencies, Seaman reveals purposes for optimism and provides provocative and well-informed feedback for making improvements to the undergraduate event. occasionally alarming, continuously attention-grabbing, and eventually hopeful, Binge is a unprecedented investigative paintings that unearths the realities of upper schooling at the present time.

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Clubs schedule meetings. The exclusive class Listserv is how Stanford seniors— not juniors or sophomores—learn where their ritual senior pub night is to be held each Thursday. Closed message boards and internal IM systems allow members of groups to discuss and debate anything, anytime, without the discomfort of personal confrontation. m. by the loud bass thump of a stereo coming from the room above her used the dorm e-mail Listserv to make her point: To the boys in room 221, In the future please keep in mind that quiet hours start at 11 on weekdays and 1 on weekends.

Policies that affect students’ daily lives, not global history, stir the blood of today’s undergraduates. The biggest crowd in years outside Parkhurst Hall, which houses Dartmouth’s senior administrators, gathered to protest the elimination of the swimming team; the biggest at Hamilton was a town hall meeting on the college’s alcohol policy. And yet an extraordinary number of college students participate in community service and enroll in academic courses that involve so-called service learning.

But by tradition, co-op members are self-governed and have little to do with Berkeley’s Res Life bureaucracy. Obviously, an appreciation of the economics of cooperative living was one common denominator residents shared. There were a fair number of long-haired types and bearded young men in the place. I met premed students and engineers, classic nerds with pocket organizers, and others who looked like they had never cracked a book. Most were white, but a former manager assured me that they were actively recruiting from university residence halls, where they were passing out flyers specifically to attract more Asians.

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